If you’re a brunch fan and you live in Barcelona, you’ll probably have noticed that the number of instagram accounts about brunch just keeps growing. It makes me feel old to think that when I started this blog 4 years ago, there were only 10 brunch places in the city and virtually nobody talked about it.
At an event I attended a couple of months ago, I had the opportunity of meeting the charming person who is behind one of these new accounts, Brunchalunya. Her name is Olivia, a girl from Washington DC who’s spent a year and a half living in Barcelona. In the 6 months since she created her account she’s attracted more than 1300 followers, who she updates about brunches in the city and places that she calls ‘molones’ – places which are really worth a visit for coffee or food.
As you may already have guessed, I love asking people where their favourite brunch places are in Barcelona – and in fact 10 best brunches in Barcelona as per fellow expats and 10 best brunches in Barcelona according to expert foodies are two of the most popular posts on my blog.
Of course, I couldn’t miss the chance to ask Olivia, as a native of the USA and a passionate brunch fan, which are her favourite brunch spots in Barcelona.
This list was her response:
Carrer de Viladomat, 13 – Eixample Esquerra
This israeli-named bruncheria is a 10/10 in every way. What first got my attention was their delicate, beautiful porcelain – which always makes me feel super elegant when I’m drinking one of their amazing coffees. They have a wide selection of cakes, tarts and a fabulous cheesecake, all made in-house and with lots of love. Ugot is a real heaven-on-earth for sweet things, but my favourite dish is their shakshuka – which is, in my opinion, the best in Barcelona. I can guarantee you a good time there.
Carrer del Marquès de Barberà, 24 – Raval
One word: açai. If you’re looking for a light, comfortable space, tropical, healthy and fresh food, and great service – well they’re all here. I adore their acai bowl and their milkshakes. Right in the middle of the Raval neighbourhood, Trópico is a little oasis in the city, and you’ll come out feeling relaxed, contented and with energy to take on the day following your delicious and healthy brunch.
This restaurant is usually packed. Book your table if you don’t want to wait.
Ronda de Sant Pau, 67 – Sant Antoni
Passing through Raval and San Antonio, the next stop is the pretty Sirvent. It’s just to the side of the Mercado de San Antonio, and its big, modern interior, excellent service and, of course, delicious brunch, took me by surprise. It’s got a bit of everything, from horchata de chufa to cakes and home-made tarts (you must try the crème brûlée), and an incredible brunch menu. The most unusual dish, which I’d only had before in the States, was the waffle with fried chicken and BBQ sauce – just the picture is enough to make you drool.
4. Garden Caffè
Plaça de Tirant lo Blanc, 2 – Vila Olímpica
If you want a delicious brunch, with great service, under a sun-umbrella on a peaceful terrace, look no further. I usually come here when I want a brunch at a reasonable cost with perfect-sized portions before spending a day lying on the beach. It’s in a great location – in fact it’s one of the only bruncherias so close to the sea. I’ve tried most of their menu, but my favourite dish is the pancakes with fresh fruit and syrup. It isn’t a light dish, but it’s also not too heavy and goes really well with their fantastic italian coffee.
Book a table to save time and money.
Carrer de Galileu, 261 – Les Corts
Flexitarians, welcome. The key idea here is comfort food – using organic produce, non-processed, seasonal and high quality ingredients. I love such an original idea here in Barcelona, and it’s obvious that they cook with a lot of passion. My favourite of the tostadas is the scrambled eggs with harissa, spinach, and roasted tomatoes. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
Don’t forget to book your table!
Travessera de Gràcia, 50 – Sarrià/SantGervasi
This brunch set-up is like a mini-trip to New York. There are various options in this place – evidently inspired by the USA. Its name reflects the famous New York neighbourhood – the Meatpacking District, and the menu is an authentic NY brunch with eggs Benedict or eggs Florentine, a Bloody Mary (sign me up already) and a small coffee to round it off. There are other, equally good, dishes – but the eggs Benedict are an absolute blessing.
Carrer de Mallorca, 194 – Eixample Esquerra
For those who, like me, could have brunch every day – there’s a solution. This brunch menu is available every day until 4.30 (with tostadas and sandwiches until midday). It’s organic, 0km, home-made, and there are vegetarian and gluten-free options! The cafe is charming, right in Eixample, and the passion for good food is obvious. Among the fabulous dishes the one I liked the best were the enormous pancakes with cème fraîche, red fruits and maple syrup!
Carrer del Dr. Fleming, 21 – Sarrià/SantGervasi
In the middle of Sarrià, Keik is one of the best brunch options in the high city – according to a brunch-maker with a lot of experience. This brunch menu will fill you up until dinner, and it’s definitely worth the 12€ you’ll spend! It includes a drink (the juice or milkshake of the day), one choice of main dish and then a sweet course and coffee. They have a wonderful terrace, ideal for chatting over your food, the service is professional and attentive, and there are some incredible tarts and cakes!
Save time and money booking a table here.
9. Firebug (Milk Bar/Marmalade)
Passeig de Sant Joan, 23 – Eixample
Each one of these three is different – with beautiful interiors and ideal Barcelona locations. The interesting thing about the trio is that although they have different names, they have the same menu and, of course, the same incredible brunch. The most recent is Firebug, in the pretty Paseo de San Juan, with two open and well-decorated floors. The dish I usually get there is the eggs Benedict – and the portions are always very generous.
Carrer Girona, 59 – Eixample
FINALLY there’s some good Mexican food in Barcelona! I was looking for a good, authentic salsa verde and I found Malpaso! Their brunch menu is based on 6 excellent dishes, but I always opt for the chicken and salsa verde enchiladas – along with whatever drink is preferred. The opening slots are from 10am to 12pm and 12pm to 2pm. If you want to try something (really) spicy don’t miss this authentic Mexican restaurant.
Book your table to save time and money.
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